The size of large minimal blocking sets is bounded by the Bruen-Thas upper bound. The bound is sharp when q is a square. Here the bound is improved if q is a non-square. On the other hand, we present some constructions of reasonably large minimal blocking sets in planes of non-prime order. The construction can be regarded as a generalization of Buekenhout's construction of unitals. For example, if q is a cube, then our construction gives minimal blocking sets of size q4/3 + 1 or q4!3 + 2. Density results for the spectrum of minimal blocking sets in Galois planes of non-prime order is also presented. The most attractive case is when q is a square, where we show that there is a minimal blocking set for any size from the interval (Equation presented).
- Blocking sets
- Density results
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics